France

Le Pen blocks kosher food for school children

By Ian Sparks, April 10, 2014

France’s far-right National Front party has been accused of undermining religious freedom after it banned state schools from serving kosher and halal food in the 11 town councils it now controls.

Party leader Marine Le Pen declared school canteens should not cater for religious restrictions on food, in line with France’s secular values.

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Hate fears push French aliyah to new high

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2014

The level of French aliyah to Israel soared in the first two months of the year, according to new figures.

The Jewish Agency revealed on Sunday that 854 people had left France for Israel in January and February.

That figure was more than three times the number during the same months in 2013.

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French shock at far-right Front National poll wins

By Shirli Sitbon, March 27, 2014

Every recent survey has shown that a growing portion of the French population approves of the National Front’s ideas, mainly on immigration and Europe. And with every election, its results have improved.

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Hate attackers drew swastika on victim

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

A teacher was attacked in Paris, three days after 10,000 people gathered there to protest against antisemitism. His injuries were so bad he needed hospital treatment for facial injuries.

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Big gains for far-right Front National in French elections

By Daniel Easterman, March 24, 2014

The far-right Front National party has dramatically increased its share of the vote in France’s local elections.

Exit polls from last night show that the party now has 7% of the vote – a massive gain considering it only has representation in 600 of the 36,000 local French constituencies where voting took place.

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Vive la France? Not if you're Jewish

By Andrew Hussey, March 21, 2014

In 1983, I went to the University of Lyon 3, to study there as part of my degree in French studies at the University of Manchester. I was 20 years old, had not travelled much further than my home town of Liverpool and was a fairly typical product of my environment – the NME-reading Smiths-leftist culture.

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Students battle YouTube over quenelle video

By Natasha Lehrer, February 5, 2014

In the wake of the international uproar over French comedian Dieudonné’s popularisation of the Nazi-style quenelle gesture, the French Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) is seeking to force YouTube to remove a video featuring the antisemitic entertainer.

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Belgian MP does Nazi-style salute, says Zionists funded Holocaust

By Natasha Lehrer, February 5, 2014

It has emerged that far-right Belgian politician Laurent Louis gave three Nazi-style salutes in parliament.

A supporter of Dieudonné’s Anti-Zionist Party, he was filmed performing the quenelles — made famous by the French comedian — in succession in January.

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Paris politician says antisemitism not a big problem in France

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2014

Daniele Hoffman-Rispal, a National Assembly of France member representing Paris, told the JC that she does not “feel problems” of antisemitism in France.

The president of France-Israel, who is Jewish, said France was “not more antisemitic than anywhere else”.

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French olim say hate pushed them out

By Nathan Jeffay, February 5, 2014

With French emigration to Israel up 63 per cent last year, Hebrew-language schools echo with the sound of French and French-accented Hebrew. And one of the first phrases the new arrivals pick up is “antisemitism”.

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